LABOUR swept to victory winning the Enfield Lock by-election by a landslide last night (Thursday).
It retained the seat left vacant by the resignation of Cllr Ozzy Uzoanya to increase the majority it had following the town hall elections in 2014 and keep all three of the wards seats.
The result saw its candidate Elif Erbil elected with 2,155 votes with the Conservatives’ candidate Christine Bellas trailing in second place with 973 votes.
The turnout was 32.21 per cent.
Cllr Erbil declared it an “overwhelming victory.”
“I am absolutely thrilled for the whole of Enfield,” she said. “I have won a victory for Labour and hope it will continue.”
As part of her pledge she will be working with police to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime, which has caused increasing concern following the spate of knife-related incidents in recent weeks across the borough.
The Greens Kate McGeevor clinched third place with 104 votes while UKIP. who came second in the ward in the borough elections three years ago could only manage fourth with its candidate Gary Robbens gaining 91 votes.
The Lib Dems came fifth with the candidate Richard Morgan-Ash gaining 54 votes.
There were 17 spoilt ballot papers.
Cllr Erbil will join fellow ward councillors Cllr Nneka Keazor and Cllr Krystle Fonyonga, cabinet member for Community Safety and Public Health, on the Labour benches.
Enfield Lock Ward Results
Elif Erbil Labour 2155
Christine Bellas Conservative 973
Richard Morgan-Ash Liberal Democrats 54
Gary Robbens UKIP 91
Kate McGeevor Green Party 104